Pulses

Western Australian pulse production is relatively small with about $19 million of field peas and $3 million of chickpeas produced in 2011–12. 

The top four export markets for Western Australian pulses are India, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines.

Field peas are exported for human consumption into India and Bangladesh while the remainder is exported into stockfeed markets in the Middle East and Europe.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports the pulse industry through variety evaluation (with Pulse Breeders Australia) and the development of chickpea management packages including a specialised field pea disease forecasting system – that has been adopted across southern Australia.

Articles

  • Cockchafers belonging to the genus Heteronyx are typically not regarded as a pest of agriculture. However, two have been seen as occasional pests, with H.

  • Adult is 5mm long with white, black and grey patches

    The pea weevil (Bruchus pisorum) is  in fact a beetle not a weevil and should really be called the pea beetle. It is one of the most damaging pests of field peas.

  • Green peach aphid (top), bluegreen aphid (centre), cowpea aphid (below)

    Small soft-bodied winged or wingless insects that damage field peas grown in Western Australia  through transmission of viruses rather than direct feeding damage.  Main species are pea aphid (A